What is a Detox Diet? The “BIG DEAL” about Detoxification.April 16, 2008
Detox, short for detoxification, is the removal of potentially toxic substances from the body. Although detox can be thought of as a treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, the definition I am using refers to the use of diets, supplements, and other methods of removing environmental and dietary toxins from the body for general health.
The detox process in one form or another has been used to promote health in cultures around the world for thousands of years. Many health problems may be associated with prolonged exposure to various toxic agents that our bodies may not be able to cleanse completely. Some conditions with links to toxins include:
• Frequent fatigue and low energy
• Food allergies
• Irritability and mood swings
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Skin rashes and conditions
• Candida infections
• Neurological conditions
• Joint and muscle pains
• Chronic health conditions
There are various ways that have been developed by doctors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, physical therapists and others to detox the body. Some examples include saunas, ion foot baths, clay baths, supplements, dietary methods, manual lymph massage, and manual therapies. While these can be useful, the methods I will be describing involve detox through the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract and the urinary system with help of a specialized diet, supplements and Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT).
The reason I use the combination of diet, supplements and IMT for the Detox program is that it is a natural way for the body to detoxify itself. The urinary system, consisting of the kidneys, ureters and bladder help the body eliminate toxins through urine. The GI tract uses the small and large colon to help the body eliminate toxins through bowel movements. These routes of elimination are a way for the body to clear large amounts of toxins. Therefore, helping the body with this process can result in a significant amount of detoxification.
Essentially, as we are all exposed to toxins through our diets, in the air we breathe, and the water we drink, it is vital to reduce the toxins we put in our bodies by eating a nutritious diet, avoiding polluted areas, and drinking clean water. Some of us may be experiencing chronic conditions due to the many toxins that we have accumulated over the years. The toxins are stored in our fat, liver, bone, nevous system and other areas. Detoxification is not only a way to rid the body of toxins, but to give the body a fresh start and regain optimal health.